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COMO Biz: A Closer Look, August 2023

Closer Look: COMO Business Times

Matriarch, Mayele Design and Events, and The Clean Refill have news to share

Matriarch Shay Jumpsuit
Matriarch Shay Jumpsuit


Matriarch is a thoughtfully curated shop offering women’s apparel, accessories, and apothecary goods to bring beauty and simplicity to every day. Owner Claire Nichols says she created Matriarch to bring to life her lifelong dream of having a small business.

Matriarch is mostly an online business, with a small section of merchandise at Hedda in the North Village Arts District. Launching Matriarch in March of this year, Nichols says she has already learned so much along the way and has felt the love and support from the community.

“My hope for Matriarch is to bring a shopping experience to Columbia that inspires people to bring a little beauty to every day, whether that’s throwing on clothing that makes you feel confident and put-together or lighting a candle for some calm in your home,” Nichols continues. “I also hope to inspire people to consume consciously and intentionally. We live in a time where we can get anything we want instantly, and it is important to me to cultivate a shop with well-made pieces that will last for years.”


Table-scape and event created by Mayele Design and Events
Table-scape and event created by Mayele Design and Events

Mayele Design & Events
Owner and creative director, Patricia Mayele, desired to combine her passion for event planning with her skills in project management to express her creativity through luxury events in the mid-Missouri area. Mayele Design & Events aims to provide an opulent experience for its clients.

“We understand the value of gathering with loved ones and want to alleviate the stress in planning and executing the intricate details so our clients can enjoy quality time with their guests and create long-lasting, impactful memories,” Mayele says.

The services vary from full event management to event designs and tablescapes. The business specializes in intimate events such as proposals, baby showers, and luxury picnics, to name a few.

“In gathering, beautiful memories can be created,” Mayele adds, “and we want to be the team that helps to create that atmosphere that sparks those beautiful moments that last a lifetime.”


Leah Christian outside The Clean Refill storefront.
Leah Christian outside The Clean Refill storefront.

The Clean Refill

The Clean Refill, located on the south side of town off Buttonwood Drive, is Columbia’s first locally owned, full-service, zero-waste refill shop. The Clean Refill hosted its grand opening in June, with a portion of proceeds going to Missouri River Relief.

“The Clean Refill’s mission overlaps with Missouri River Relief’s mission,” says owner Leah Christian. “Reducing plastic waste is an important part of protecting Missouri’s waterways and we are excited to provide funds to an organization that educates our community about natural resource stewardship.”

How does it work? It’s simple: Simply take your own container or purchase one of theirs. Weigh the empty container, and then fill it with the product of your choice. Available products range from laundry care and dish care to hand soaps and cleaning supplies, and much more. According to the shop’s website, The Clean Refill has kept 3,535 bottles from the landfill since opening in February. 

3601 Buttonwood Drive, Suite C

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